January 12, 2017
A five-minute summary of AAI, regulation, and industry activities for members of the largest state agribusiness association in the nation.
In This Issue
2017 ASC: Keynote Speaker Announced 

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
The Agribusiness Showcase and Conference planning committee is pleased to announce that Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be the keynote speaker at the ASC 2017 all member luncheon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
Lt. Gov. Reynolds is slated to join the ranks of some of the most powerful women in politics later this year when she is expected to become Iowa's Governor. Reynolds was chosen to be the keynote for her optimistic outlook for Iowa's future and her diligence to the agriculture community
All Member Meeting 
All AAI members are invited to join us for our annual meeting at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. The annual meeting is free to attend, floor pass is an additional charge. Please click below to view our conference schedule

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January 17, 2017
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Europe To Decide On Ag Mergers

Regulators in Europe are expected to make a decision on the takeover of Syngenta by ChemChina.  Estimated at $43 billion the companies submitted formal remedies on Monday with the deadline for Thursday.  The European Union started a review in October, citing concerns on overlapping portfolios of crop protection products with Syngenta and an Israeli company controlled by ChemChina.

Dow Chemical and DuPont Pioneer also went before regulators this week to plead a case for a planned $60 billion merger.  Regulators are concerned there on reducing research and development spending on agrochemicals  [...] read more.

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Northey: Grants Available to Help Promote Specialty Crops

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program.  The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa.

The final funding level for the 2017 Iowa Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is yet to be announced by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service that administer the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, but is expected to be similar to last years $244,352.23 funding  [...] read more

Farm Advisers Fret Over Empty USDA Spot

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has left the agriculture secretary as the last department head to be named to his Cabinet, while a meeting with the chief executives of two agribusiness giants gave a hint at a roster of farm issues the incoming president will face.

Trump met on Wednesday with the leaders of Monsanto Co and Bayer AG, who pitched the benefits of their proposed $66 billion merger. While critical of other large tie-ups, Trump has not publicly taken a stance on the Bayer-Monsanto deal [...] read more

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